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Tableau announces Mac version to be released 'early next year'

At its customer conference this week in Washington, D.C., Tableau Software announced that a Mac-compatible version of its software would become available along with the newest version, Tableau 8.2, to be released most likely "early next year," according to the Tableau Public blog.

Tableau's public and desktop versions of its data analysis and visualization software have become popular in several newsrooms and have been demonstrated at the last several IRE and CAR Conferences. Much of Tableau's appeal for journalists is its ability to provide a user interface for producing interactive maps and data visualizations without requiring ...

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Assessing and mapping dangerous intersections, traffic fatalities in your community

A still image from the Orlando Sentinel's Blood in the Streets animated video.

By Scott Powers and Arelis Hernandez, the Orlando Sentinel

This past winter, after an Orlando Sentinel editor almost ran down a pedestrian for the umpteenth time – a moment which occurred about the same time that our breaking-news desk had to write its umpteenth story about a pedestrian who was, in fact, tragically run down – the realization finally sank in: Pedestrians and drivers are a really bad mix in Central Florida.

We had, of course, seen and written about numerous reports that came out over the years ...

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How to use boating accident data in an investigation

FCIR created this map of boating accidents. Click the map for the interactive version.

Last January, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and NBC 6 in Miami announced a partnership to produce more local in-depth investigations.

Even before our partnership was announced, we had already decided during a brainstorm session that boating fatalities would be one of such stories.

We knew that Florida have continuously held the dubious first place for boating fatalities and accidents in the nation. But we wanted to dig up deeper and find out why.

I had done some preliminary work prior to our meeting and looked ...

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IRE and Esri fellowships awarded

IRE and Esri, the leading commercial publisher of geographic information system (GIS) software, have awarded 14 fellowships to attend Esri's annual International User Conference and IRE's mapping bootcamp.

Fellowships to the User Conference this week in San Diego were awarded to:

  • Dana Amihere, The Baltimore Sun
  • Gus Begley, Houston Chronicle
  • Wendy Fry, NBC 7-San Diego
  • Greg Miller, Wired
  • Alexandra Nicolas, The Joplin Globe
  • Wil Ramirez, Los Angeles Times
  • Allison Riggio, Crain's Chicago Business
  • Ryan Thornburg, OpenBlock Rural/University of North Carolina
  • Dwight Worley, The Journal News
  • Joe Yerardi, San Antonio Express-News

Fellowships to the mapping bootcamp Aug ...

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IRE and Esri offering fellowships for mapping training

IRE and Esri have partnered to offer 10 fellowships to attend mapping training at the 2013 Esri International Users Conference from July 6-10 in San Diego and 3 fellowships to the IRE Mapping Boot Camp from August 9-11 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mo.

The users conference fellowships cover airfare and four nights lodging, and the boot camp fellowships cover airfare and three nights lodging. The users conference schedule includes attendance at the following events: Esri Business Summit (July 7) to learn about how international businesses are using advance mapping technology, Conference Plenary Session (July 8); and Media Workshops and ...

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Data journalism around the globe

Need a vacation but can’t imagine the outer darkness that is you without your work? Why not take it with you to exotic northern Europe.

In “Data Journalism Around the Globe” panelists trotted out some of the best  data projects coming from our cousins on the continent in the German, Danish and Scandinavian press.

Many of the notables included crowdsourced projects like a Finnish mapping of places where people felt unsafe. Sebastian Mondial demoed Frag den Staat, a Teutonic forebear to FOIA Machine, which helps journalists and citizens query government agencies and track results of information requests. Another project ...

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Passes for ArcView mapping sessions to be distributed Friday morning of CAR Conference

Those interested in taking the mapping classes (to qualify for the Esri ArcView software) at the 2013 CAR Conference must show up for the Friday morning session beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Keeneland room. Slots in the class will be distributed until they are gone. If more than 24 people want to take the course, additional slots will be handed out for the Sunday morning sessions at that time. If 24 or fewer people show up on Thursday, there will not be a Sunday class. (Sunday sessions would begin at 9 a.m. and end by 11 ...

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Behind the Story: Post-Dispatch mapping finds 'hot spots' of pedestrian railroad deaths

Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch released Death on the Rails, a special report on the surprising number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred on railways.  Reporter Todd Frankel explains how he cross-referenced databases and resources to build his own map of the accidents, which he used to further investigate ”hot spots” of pedestrian death and injury.

You began investigating for the series after a pedestrian fatality in June.  What inspired you to look into these rail-related accidents?  Did you expect to discover so many when ...

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Esri offers free ArcGIS license to CAR Conference attendees

For those of you interested in getting started with mapping, we have great news: Esri is offering a free license to ArcGIS Desktop, a $1,500 value, for Louisville Conference attendees who attend the following four conference sessions:

Friday, March 1
  • 9 - 9:50 a.m. Mapping 1: Displaying data geographically (hands-on)
  • 10 - 10:50 a.m. Mapping 2: Importing and selecting data by attribute (hands-on)
  • 11 - 11:50 a.m. Mapping 3: Geocoding to merge databases with addresses into maps (hands-on)
  • 2 - 2:50 p.m. Esri session in the demo room

Please note: Seating is limited and will ...

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Hurricane Sandy: How data journalists spread information about the storm

Google Crisis Response created this interactive map showing weather, emergency shelters and power authorities.

As the East cost braced for Hurricane Sandy, data journalists across the country were working in realtime to spread the news. We gathered some of the interesting interactive coverage and data visualizations we found from around the web. Have a suggestion for our list? Send it to tony@ire.org or tweet us @IRE_NICAR.

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